Al Valore Militaire & MC Group to the Northumberland Fusiliers
Military Cross & Al Valore Militaire Group to the Northumberland Fusiliers - Military Cross, George V (un-named); 1914-15 Star (16-918 L. SJT. H.C. MC DONALD NORTH'D FUS.); British War Medal (2. LIEUT. H.C. MC DONALD.); Victory Medal (2. LIEUT. H.C. MC DONALD.); and Italy (Kingdom): Medal for Military Valour, Type II, Silver Grade (un-named, silver star on the ribbon). Court-mounted, dark patina on the Italian medal, light contact, near extremely fine. Footnote: 16-918 H.C. McDonald enlisted with the 16th (Service) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers at Newcastle in 1915. He was later named to the rank of Lance Sergeant and is documented as having been on the embarkation roll of "D" Company, on November 23, 1915, landing at Boulogne, France. He was later transferred to the 10th (Service) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant and moved to Italy with the Division in November 1917. In addition to his WWI Trio, he was awarded the Military Cross, in recognition of "an act or acts of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy on land", along with the Italian Medal for Military Valour.